NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: Pro Bowl better

Posted: January 29, 2013

NFL COMMISSIONER Roger Goodell said Monday that he thought the Pro Bowl improved from last year, when players were clearly not trying and were booed by fans in Hawaii.

"I watched the game and noticed the improved quality of the game," Goodell, who last year threatened to discontinue the all-star game, said in a question-and-answer session on the social network Reddit. The NFC won the game, 62-35, on Sunday.

Goodell said he appreciates the commitment from players to make the game better. The league has said it plans to decide on the future of the Pro Bowl by April, when next season's schedule is expected to be released.

Pro Bowl players immediately defended their play after the game, saying they tried hard and hoped the festivities would continue for future Pro Bowlers.

In other NFL news:

* Police say Dallas defensive lineman Jay Ratliff had a blood-alcohol level of 0.16 percent, twice the legal limit, last week when he was arrested after a car accident.

* A Florida man pleaded guilty to a fraud charge in a Los Angeles courtroom in connection with swindling about $2.3 million from Indianapolis defensive end Dwight Freeney. Michael Stern, of Miami, faces up to 10 years in prison when he's scheduled to be sentenced May 6. Prosecutors said Stern and his lover, Eva Weinberg, a financial adviser to Freeney, bilked more than $2 million from Freeney via wire transfers. A criminal complaint was filed against Weinberg, accusing her of wire fraud. Her case is pending.

Baseball * 

The Los Angeles Dodgers formally announced a deal with Time Warner Cable to create a TV channel that people familiar with the situation say assures the team more than $7 billion over 25 years.

* New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter worked out on a baseball field for the first time since breaking his left ankle last October. He fielded grounders and hit in a batting cage in Tampa and said, "Everything went well." He might not run until spring training starts.

Philly File * 

La Salle's Shanel Harrison was named Big 5 women's player of the week, and the Explorers' Ramon Galloway shared the men's honor with Villanova's Darrun Hilliard. Hilliard (Big East) and Galloway (Atlantic 10) also won their conference honors.

* Former Rowan offensive lineman David Green (Haddonfield, N.J.) signed with the New Orleans VooDoo of the Arena league.

Sport Stops * 

Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich has informed the NCAA of violations in the men's and women's track and field program.

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